Free agent inside linebacker Manti Te'o is close to inking a contract with the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple reports and first reported by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.

Te'o was an early second round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2013 after a standout career at Notre Dame where he earned All-American honors.

In 38 games with San Diego, Te'o accumulated 221 tackles, 2 interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

He's coming off a torn Achilles tendon which he suffered in week 3 last year.

Te'o has missed 26 games the last 4 season due to a variety of injuries.